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Gang of jewellery shop thieves caught

Posted by dolly diver on November 21, 2008
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Eleven members of an organised crime gang, all Romanian and living in the south of Tenerife, have been arrested by the National Police and charged with robberies of several jewellery shops. One of the shops raided was believed to be in Los Gigantes on November 8th , when the thieves evaded capture and got away with a large number of cigarettes.

The investigation, “Operation Brasov”, which commenced in October led to several house raids and the arrests.

During the raids the gang had tried to dispose of their haul by throwing it out of the window. It was picked up by police and around 1,800 items of jewellery were confiscated, at an estimated value of 155,000 Euros. According to a police spokesperson the goods amounted to a virtual Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods, there was 8,200g of precious stones, perfumes, tobacco, and clothes.

The daring thieves even robbed the same Las Americas jewellery shop twice, escaping with 70,000 Euros worth of goods the first time and 85,000 Euros the second time.

Monkey Business in holiday apartments

Posted by dolly diver on July 4, 2008
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Campbell's monkeyGuardia Civil officers had a rather unusual call yesterday in Las Americas when a hotel employee reported a monkey was on the beach.

They quickly swung into action and followed the monkey to an apartment complex where it was finally captured by their Nature Protection Unit. It was then transported to a local animal park where it will stay while investigations are carried out to locate its owner.

The African monkey, which is in very good health is a Cercophitecus Campbelli, or Campbell’s Monkey and it does not have the mandatory microchip which zoos are obliged to fit to their animals.

Spanish Customs have been alerted in case the monkey has been imported illegally.

Improvements are planned for one of the oldest, most deteriorated, areas of Playa de Las Américas and the cost is estimated at around €600,000 with most of the money being paid by the Canarian government.

Arona council have singled out Verónicas and Starco for urgent special attention as they are the busiest spots, both day and night

The redevelopment project includes a number of green areas, up to a hundred more parking spaces and several pedestrian crossings. The current wall between Verónicas and Avenida Rafael Puig will be demolished and a single lane built for traffic, which will be one-way only. Part of the road further up the stretch will be widened also to give room for bin lorries to turn and not have to pass through the shopping area as at present.

The pavements in the Verónicas and Starco areas are also due to be replaced with better quality stone and kerbs lowered in several parts to facilitate wheelchair and pushchair access. No date has been set for completion of the work.

Woman hit by a taxi on zebra crossing dies.

Posted by dolly diver on April 17, 2008
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Elizabeth WarrenEx Mayoress, Elizabeth Warren, aged 66yrs, from Shropshire died after being hit by a taxi while on holiday in Las Americas with her husband.

Today her husband, former Machynlleth councillor and mayor Ivan Warren, from Shrewsbury, praised hospital staff for trying to save his wife, describing the care she received as “absolutely superb”.

Mr Warren, 68 said: “We were on holiday in Tenerife and “We were due to meet up for a meal but Elizabeth was struck by a taxi on a pedestrian crossing at about 5.45pm on April 6. She died from head injuries on April 11.”